Recap of where I’ve been:
I’d argue this is probably the hardest blog post I have to write because it requires a tad bit of vulnerability, unlike my standard travel content that is not focused on me specifically.
I don’t have many “loyal” readers, because my blog has ebbed and flowed for the better part of eight years. I started this blog, originally under the name “Voyageur Kalee,” as a way to share my study abroad time in London (while I got my Master’s degree) and travel throughout Europe.
Back then, there wasn’t much content like that on the internet — so I figured I’d help others as much as I could with how I did it, the process, etc. What started as a study abroad blog slowly morphed into something that I was extremely passionate about. I started sharing bucket lists, travel guides, etc. I even started getting some free opportunities, like my once-in-a-lifetime free boat ride in Cinque Terre.
I felt like I was really starting to make this blog something I could do for a living. Until I gave it up for a job, then life happened, then Covid, and the list goes on and on…
I have craved doing this so deeply, but I’ve never been able to compartmentalize work, personal stuff going on, and this.
I have felt stagnant. Lost. Like I’d given up on what this thing could’ve been entirely.
That unintentional decision has haunted me for the better part of eight years.
I’ve had spurts where I revived the blog, which is why you’ll see some blog posts on here from a couple years back, but I’ve never fully sat down and dedicated time to it. I’ve never wanted to because I felt like it didn’t deserve half of me, it deserves all of me. All of my attention.
But, until that day comes (which I hope that it does), does that mean I give it up altogether? A question I’ve been asking myself the last few months.
I feel like if something is always nagging you in your subconscious, there’s got to be a reason for it, right?
This blog is the best version of me. It’s who I aspire to be. Who I dream about.
I know how to do all of this: make money blogging, write content, SEO optimization, digital marketing, etc. That’s been my career for nearly eight years now. But I just never gave this the time it deserves because I was full of excuses. I let the fear of what people would think drive me into avoidance. I avoid posting on my socials, my blog, everything.
I decided a couple of weeks ago that would no longer be the case. Life is too short to not become the person that you’re supposed to and to invest time in something that sets your soul on fire. Life’s too short to care what people think about you and I know that I have a lot of knowledge I can share with people who are looking to travel, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
So I took an extended hiatus, but no more excuses. I’m back. I’ve got a ton of content coming your way soon and I can’t wait to start this journey again, wherever it may take me.
What’s coming up
I’ve got quite a lot planned over the next few months when it comes to content. I can’t wait to share it all with you AND I’m in the process of planning a trip to Europe. I haven’t been over there in the last 5 (or 6) years and that’s just entirely too long!
Some things that I’ve already published:
- Top 10 NYC Coffee Shops
- 10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers
- My travel essentials, that I actually use..
- 10 Day Itinerary for Ireland, England & Scotland
- much more coming soon!
If you made it this far, I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. I’m excited by the chance to revive something that I’m passionate about. One thing I thoroughly enjoy doing is helping people realize that travel is doable, on any budget, and it’s oh-so worth it.
Last thing I’ll say is that I’m a Christian and one of the things that I love more than anything about travel is seeing this big beautiful world that God’s created. Truly I feel the closest to him when I’m on the road, lost in a mountain or immersing myself in different cultures. I see the uniqueness of how we’re all made different and what a beautiful thing that is.
So stay tuned for more content, travel, etc.